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A New Idol

America has spoken! Lee DeWyze, the rocker from Illinois, was voted the ninth winner of American Idol. It is still one of the most popular shows on television, but last Wednesday's episode had the lowest ratings for an American Idol finale since the first season. Last year, 28.8 million viewers tuned in to the finale, but this year, 23.2 million people watched. What is the percent decrease from last year to this year?